Across the New Nation heroic efforts were performed. The most memorable being the deprivation at Valley Forge, with winters so brutal many men went without shoes in the snow. Can we ever repay them?
Few mention those lost to British conscription, or to the Barbary War and the War of 1812. Even fewer mention the vigorous debates in the years that followed concerning the issue of slavery and the Missouri Compromise. Brave men and cowards led us into the Civil War. Greed and altruism filled both sides, but the deprivation and courage of every soldier cannot be forgotten.
Need I remind you of the Spanish American War? The sinking of The Maine? A war famously depicted by Teddy Roosevelt's charge up San Juan Hill, but which few know the full story of men who endured cholera and horrid conditions.
World War I was suppose to be the war to end all wars. It wasn't. Men gave their lives and sanity in trench warfare that seem to last forever. Can you imagine living years in a mud pit with no cell phone or TV?
When we thought we were safe, our government proved to be asleep on the switch and Americans came forward to fight once more in WWII. Then came Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Need I mention 911which has led to Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.
We, as a people asked our military men and women to step into the breach:
When liberty was threatened to fight the Revolutionary War,
When our sons where kidnapped in the Barbary Wars,
When our borders where violated in 1812,
When Mexico violated our border and we cried "Remember The Alamo!",
When Spain attempted to reclaim territory in the Spanish American War,
When WWI broke out,
When WWII broke out,
When Korean War erupted,
When Vietnam ripped the fabric of our society, still we asked,
To protect our allies in Desert Storm,
After 911, to unseat Saddam in Iraqi Freedom and fight terrorist in Afghanistan.
What will we ask of them tomorrow?
God Bless Our Military & The USA!